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Outdoor Activities to Enjoy in Seoul

Updated on Jun 17, 2024 · By ENKOR

Seoul, a dynamic metropolis blending modernity with rich cultural heritage, offers a plethora of outdoor activities that cater to all kinds of adventurers. From serene parks and river walks to exhilarating mountain hikes and cultural experiences, Seoul's outdoor attractions promise memorable experiences for every visitor. Here are some of the best outdoor activities to enjoy while exploring this vibrant city.

Explore the Han River Parks

The Han River flows through the heart of Seoul and is flanked by numerous parks that offer a wide range of activities. Some of the most popular parks along the river include Yeouido Hangang Park, Banpo Hangang Park, and Ttukseom Hangang Park. These parks are perfect for picnicking, cycling, jogging, and even renting boats. Banpo Hangang Park is especially famous for its Rainbow Fountain, a stunning water and light show held at night.


How to Get There:

  • Gangseo Wetlands: Take Line 9 to Gayang Station, Exit 2.
  • World Cup Park: Take Line 6 to World Cup Stadium Station, Exit 1.
  • Yanghwa Park: Take Line 2 or 6 to Hapjeong Station, Exit 8.
  • Yeouido Hangang Park: Take Line 5 or 9 to Yeouinaru Station, Exit 2 or 3.
  • Ichon Park: Take Line 4 or Gyeongui-Jungang Line to Ichon Station, Exit 4.
  • Banpo Hangang Park: Take Line 9 to Express Bus Terminal Station, Exit 8-1.
  • Jamwon Park: Take Line 3 to Sinsa Station, Exit 5.
  • Jamsil Park: Take Line 2 to Jamsil Station, Exit 6.
  • Seoul Forest: Take Line 2 to Ttukseom Station, Exit 8.
  • Gangnaru Park: Take Line 5 to Amsa Station, Exit 4.

Hike Bukhansan National Park

For nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, Bukhansan National Park is a must-visit. The park boasts a variety of trails suitable for all levels, leading to breathtaking peaks such as Baegundae, Insubong, and Mangyeongdae. Along the trails, you’ll encounter lush forests, ancient temples, and stunning granite formations. The panoramic views from the peaks are truly awe-inspiring, providing a rewarding escape from the city's hustle and bustle.


How to Get There:

  • Take Line 3 to Gupabal Station, Exit 1. From there, take Bus 704 to Bukhansan Mountain Entrance.

Wander Through Seoul Forest

Seoul Forest is a large, eco-friendly park located in the Seongsu-dong area. The park features a deer enclosure, butterfly conservatory, and several themed gardens. It’s a fantastic place for a leisurely stroll, bike ride, or picnic. The park also hosts various cultural events and performances, making it a lively and engaging outdoor space.


How to Get There:

  • Take Line 2 to Ttukseom Station, Exit 8. Walk 10 minutes following the signs to Seoul Forest.

Discover the Trails of Namsan Mountain

Namsan Mountain, located in the center of Seoul, is a popular outdoor destination offering scenic walking trails and stunning views of the city. The hike up Namsan is relatively easy and suitable for all ages. At the summit, you'll find the iconic N Seoul Tower, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Seoul. The mountain also features beautiful gardens, traditional pavilions, and the Namsan Hanok Village, showcasing traditional Korean houses.


How to Get There:

  • Take Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station, Exit 3. From there, take the Namsan Cable Car or walk to the trailhead.

Explore the DMZ

For a unique and historical outdoor experience, take a day trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. Guided tours offer the opportunity to visit key sites such as the Joint Security Area (JSA), the Third Tunnel, and Dora Observatory. While not your typical outdoor activity, the DMZ tour provides profound insights into the Korean Peninsula's history and ongoing peace efforts.


How to Get There:

  • Book a guided tour, as independent travel to the DMZ is restricted. Tours often include pickup from major hotels in Seoul.

Enjoy Water Sports at Gapyeong

Just outside of Seoul, Gapyeong is a popular destination for water sports and outdoor adventures. The area is known for its scenic beauty, with the Bukhan River providing the perfect setting for activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and kayaking. Additionally, you can visit Nami Island, famous for its picturesque tree-lined avenues and cultural festivals.


How to Get There:

  • Take the ITX-Cheongchun Line from Yongsan Station to Gapyeong Station. From there, local transportation options are available to various activity sites.

Visit the Gardens of Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is renowned for its beautiful Huwon (Secret Garden). The garden features lush greenery, serene ponds, and traditional pavilions, offering a tranquil retreat within the city. Guided tours of the Secret Garden provide fascinating insights into the palace's history and the natural beauty of its grounds.


How to Get There:

  • Take Line 3 to Anguk Station, Exit 3. Walk 5 minutes to the palace entrance.

Cycle Along the Han River Bike Paths

Seoul has an extensive network of bike paths, with some of the best routes running along the Han River. Rent a bike and enjoy a scenic ride through the city's heart, passing parks, bridges, and riverside cafes. The bike paths are well-maintained and offer spectacular views of Seoul’s skyline, making it a delightful way to explore the city’s outdoor spaces.


How to Get There:

  • Access the bike paths from any of the major Han River parks like Yeouido Hangang Park, Ttukseom Hangang Park, or Banpo Hangang Park, using the public transport directions provided above.

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